CULTURAL CARE AU PAIR AND I HAVE A LONG HISTORY
Everything started in 2011, when I moved to the United States to become en Au Pair. I was only 18 and had no idea how much this year would change me. It was very educational, both on a professional and on a personal level. As everyone would expect, my English improved a lot. I had a hard time understanding French TV when I first came back in France. I talked in a weird way and my frenglish annoyed my poor mother. I also had the opportunity to travel across the United States and to meet people from all over the world, which definitely opened up my view of the world. I was living far (far away) from my parents for the first time. My host family never felt like strangers and they quickly became my greatest supporters. The relationship between an Au Pair and their host family is a bit strange to describe, it’s like nothing other. They’re your bosses but you live with them, you share moments you never would with a regular boss. You create a long-lasting bond based on trust and memories of time spent together. Finding the right balance can be hard.
I am always proud to write about my adaptability, my flexibility, my capacity at handling stressful situations and my organization skills in resumes and cover letters. I owe it all to my Au Pair year. When looking after young children for 40 to 45 hours a week, you have to be able to handle unexpected situations because anything can happen with children and everything will (trust me). I grew so much and 18-year-old shy and unsure Charlotte quickly transformed into a self-confident, autonomous young lady who was no longer scared to talked to strangers. The person I am today could never have been without that year in the US.
TO THIS DAY, THIS HAS BEEN THE BEST AND MOST FULFILLING YEAR OF MY LIFE.
The story continues in September 2018, when I decide to send an application to Cultural Care Au Pair’s office in Lyon, just in case. I was lucky because they were actually looking for a new Meeting Leader. My missions, as a Meeting Leader, are to lead information meetings for aspiring (or current) applicants, to interview applicants and evaluate their English and to write post interview profiles. To me, this is an opportunity to finally share my experience with others and helping them go on an incredible adventure. I answer any questions they might have, I reassure them, I tell them stories about my Au Pair Year and I also make sure they are a right fit for the program.
Recently, we started a new chapter together. I am now one of Cultural Care’s French freelance translators. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I cannot wait to see where the future will take us.